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This Micro-Habit That Can Change Your Life

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Will Durant


Every January 1st, millions of people around the world make resolutions to get healthier,
to get fitter, to make more money, etc. But 80% of resolutions fail by February.
Why? Because the foundational habits required to drive them towards their goals after the
first week of January aren’t there. In other words, without good habits, your odds of success
are stacked against you.




But can habits really change your life? Yes. And you can see the power of
consistency all around you. From Kobe Bryant who showed up to practice at 5 AM every day
to Warren Buffett who reads 500 pages a day, good habits can lead to massive success.


There’s a catch, though. Nobody, not even Warren Buffett, is born reading 500 pages a day.
Your key to success is micro-habits. Micro-habits are goal-related habits so small and quick
that you’d be embarrassed to tell your friends you couldn’t check it off your to-do list every day.
The significance of these micro-habits is negligible, but their psychological effects are powerful.
Consider it a mental hack. It’s telling yourself this:
This thing is important to me, I told myself I’d do it, and I did it.
If your goal is to get healthier, consider this micro-habit: tongue scraping.




Here’s a 6-step process that will take less than 60 seconds of your morning:

1) Wake Up
2) Check yourself in the mirror
3) Grab a scraper
4) Scrape up and down a few times to get all the yuck off
5) Rinse the scraper
6) Smile and enjoy your day


Follow these super easy steps and you’ll suddenly become someone who gets things done.
This feeling of accomplishment will help build momentum for you to accomplish bigger goals.



If you want to start tongue scraping but don’t want the extra responsibility of replacing yours
regularly, no problem. We do the work for you. Sign up for a monthly subscription
for just $1/month, and you can focus on building your micro-habits.

Is this $3 tool the secret to youth?


Experts back the science, and it sure beats expensive creams or pills

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When we’re younger, getting older doesn’t seem like a big deal.

Honestly, it’s freakin’ awesome. Our bodies seem invincible – we can go out drinking all night, stuff our faces with junk food, and pull all-nighters…and still look totally fabulous the next morning.

But as soon as we hit 30, things start to…change. Our alcohol tolerance goes down, we start noticing gray hairs, and – are those wrinkles on your forehead? Yikes!

If you’re a man, don’t think for one second that the anti-aging market is just for women. More and more men are seeking the fountain of youth as well, so much so that the anti-aging market is expected to reach $216 billion by 2021 in the U.S. alone.

But slowing down the aging process doesn’t have to be expensive (or painful!). In fact, we think it should only cost $3.


Ok, So What’s the Secret?



Tongue Cleaner
Tongue Brush
Tongue Comb

Whatever you call it - this simple device with handles on either side and ridges along the center is the answer to staying young and healthy:



Before you dismiss tongue scraping as medical quackery or voodoo science, what we’re about to tell you has been backed by scientific research. 

Tongue scraping is a 2,000-year-old practice that can remove harmful bacteria and food debris from the surface of your tongue. This creates a healthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, which some experts say is the key to youth.

So not only will your breath smell better, scraping your tongue will improve the function of your taste buds AND will keep you looking youthful.

How Does Tongue Scraping Keep You Young?




The secret to anti-aging appears to be a small molecule called nitric oxide.

According to Dr. Nathan Bryan, a professor at the Baylor University School of Medicine, nitric oxide is the “holy grail” of medicine.

In his book, Functional Nitric Oxide Nutrition: Dietary Strategies to Prevent and Treat Chronic Disease, he writes that loss of nitric oxide can lead to poor cardiovascular health as people age.

Studies have shown that nitric oxide levels in people over the age of 40 are only about half of those in younger people. Women unfortunately fare worse when it comes to declining nitric oxide levels, producing only 35% of what they did in their twenties by the time they reach 50.

This drop in nitric oxide not only leads to disease, but also appears to prevent our bodies from healing effectively – hence the dreaded signs of aging.

But Dr. Bryan’s research suggests that not all hope is lost.

Since up to 50% of our daily nitric oxide production is from the “good” oral bacteria, helping them thrive with regular tongue scraping could help produce more nitric oxide -- keeping you looking and feeling younger for longer.


More About Nitric Oxide








Having spent much of his academic career studying this one molecule, Dr. Bryan has come to appreciate the critical roles nitric oxide plays in the body.

To get a better understanding of how nitric oxide helps keep you young, we have to dig deeper into the aging process.

Scientists say there are 3 main themes to the aging process: 1) The shortening of telomeres at the end of chromosomes; 2) Mitochondrial dysfunction; and 3) Inefficiency of stem cells to repair damage.

1) Telomeres

Telomeres are structures at the end of a chromosome that protect our DNA from deterioration and make it possible for cells to divide. Unfortunately, telomeres get shorter and shorter every time cells divide, allowing errors to creep in during DNA replication. If the telomeres get too short, the cells stop dividing and may die.

An enzyme called telomerase can counteract telomere shortening, but there is not enough telomerase for every cell in our bodies.

2) Mitochondria

To make matters worse, mitochondria – often called the powerhouse of cells – stop working as well as they used to. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been linked to cellular senescence, chronic inflammation, and decline in stem cell activity.

Scientists are researching mitochondrial-targeted therapies to slow or reverse the aging process.

3) Stem Cells

Researchers have also linked degenerative changes in stem cells to aging tissues and declining regenerative capacities.

Young people have many more stem cells than older people, allowing for a more efficient repair and regenerative mechanism.


It All Comes Back to Tongue Scraping

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Dr. Bryan states that nitric oxide plays a key role in all of these processes. He said, “Nitric oxide controls telomerase…nitric oxide controls mitochondria biogenesis. And nitric oxide is the cellular signal that tells stem cells to mobilize to repair damage.”

Our bodies convert nitrates taken in by food or supplements into nitric oxide. A good diet and supplementation is a good start, but they might not be enough. According to Dr. Bryan, this complicated conversion requires the right oral microbiome.

And the most efficient way to do this? Tongue scraping.


The 100%-recyclable plastic Tongue Scraper from ScrapeYourTongue.com is just $3 (or $1 if you subscribe to receive a new one each month) and is the most effective one. Its unique design allows for you to cover the entire surface area of your tongue with one scrape and it doesn’t set off your gag reflex because you’re holding it with both hands at either end.

So if you want to stay wrinkle free for longer, scrape your tongue.




5 Things You Might Forget to Pack When You Travel (... Don't)

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Packing for a trip is always a huge ordeal – just how are you supposed to fit your entire wardrobe, 5 pairs of shoes, 10 books, an ultra-fancy first-aid kit for every potential emergency situation, a laptop, a tablet, and extra batteries for your cellphone in that tiny suitcase?

While there’s no blog post or YouTube video with a perfect list of things you’ll absolutely positively need when you travel, here’s a list of 5 things you should pack first:

1) Passport

This is a no-brainer if you’re traveling out of the country, but carrying a passport is something you should consider even when you’re traveling domestically. You would never want to be stuck without a passport in the event that you need to take an impromptu trip out of the country, and it can also serve as a second form of identification if your first form is ever lost or stolen.

A word of precaution: Never carry your passport in the same pocket as your cellphone and wallet. Keep it in an inside pocket or in a bag that you can keep in front of you at all times.

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2) Wet Wipes

Let’s face it -- flying is dirty business. Between the deep-cleanings that occur every month (or two), planes can become germ fests. With hundreds of people moving in and out of the confined spaces of a plane, you’ll most likely end up sitting in someone’s germs. Yuck. Take some wet wipes in your carry-on bag and make sure to wipe down your seat, your armrest, and definitely your tray table. 





3) Tongue Scraper

Traveling can expose your body to all sorts of new bacteria and toxins in the environment, drinks, and food. But before you go ahead and buy yourself a human-sized inflatable bubble on Amazon, there is an easier and cheaper way to help your body stay healthy: tongue scraping

Regular tongue scraping can help your body cleanse itself of toxins, stimulate your internal organs, and clean your taste buds to enhance your sense of taste. After all, there’s no fun in travel if you can’t enjoy all the delicious food, right?




4) Jacket

Even if you think you’re traveling to a warm location, a waterproof, windproof jacket is an item you’ll always want to include in your suitcase. Hot days can quickly become frigid nights, so you don’t want to be caught without a jacket to keep you dry and warm.






5) Condoms

Yup, you read that right. Condoms. They’re an often overlooked travel essential, but you’d be surprised at how hard it is to obtain condoms in some parts of the world. So be safe and always have a few condoms available because sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. 


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Packing for a trip doesn’t have to be an anxiety-inducing experience. If you find that you under-packed for this trip, keep a list of those items on your computer so you won’t forget them next time. Have fun and stay safe! 


Eating a lot of ass lately? You should scrape your tongue


The intestinal tract is filled with bacteria that are part of the digestive process; these do not pose any health threat. However, eating ass will expose you to any bad germs or infections harbored in your partner's intestinal tract or anal area. The CDC warns that "rimming carries a risk of transmission of STDs including hepatitis A. There is also risk of intestinal parasites, like cryptosporidiosis."
In addition, the CDC cautions that "immunocompromised persons are suggested to avoid performing this activity." So if you aren't in good health and have an immune deficiency (say from AIDS or chemotherapy), eating ass could put you at serious risk.
Here's a rundown of some of the diseases you could be exposed to when eating ass:
  • Hepatitis A: Hepatitis A is a virus spread through oral contact with the fecal matter of an infected person. It affects the liver and causes symptoms such as jaundice, fatigue, and nausea. It is not a chronic infection, unlike hepatitis C. Hepatitis A can be prevented with a vaccine given before or shortly after exposure.
     
  • E. coli: This is a bacterial infection spread through oral contact with the fecal matter of an infected person. Its symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and intestinal bleeding.
     
  • Intestinal parasites:
  • These are microbial organisms that cause intestinal diseases including cryptosporidiosis, dysentery, and giardiasis. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and stomach pain. Again, these are spread through oral contact with the fecal matter of an infected person.
     
  • Bacterial infections: If a person contracts food poisoning, the bacteria that causes it, say salmonella for example, will be shed in their feces and could be transmitted through oral-anal contact. Symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting.
     
  • Other STDs:
  • If the receiving partner has a rectal gonorrhea infection, it could be contracted by the active partner; gonorrhea can infect the mouth and throat. This means that theoretically a person with an oral gonorrhea infection could transmit it to the ass that they're eating. Other STDs that can be transmitted through oral-anal contact include syphilis and herpes, if either partner has an active lesion in their mouth or anal area.

A great way to prevent all of these things is by scraping your tongue! Check out www.ScrapeYourTongue.com and use the code BUTTSTUFF to get your first tongue scraper free.

Tongue scraping could prevent heart attacks

Research is beginning to see a connection between the health of the oral cavity and the cardiovascular system.






Several species of bacteria that cause periodontitis (gum infection) have been found in the atherosclerotic plaque in arteries of the heart and elsewhere. When the plaque builds up it can lead to a heart attack. 

Harvard University also believes that the toxins released by this oral bacteria could harm blood vessels or cause blood clots. In addition, any inflammation of the mouth, which can be caused by bacteria, can increase inflammation throughout the body, including in the arteries - increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke. 

Daily Tongue Scraping is an easy way to reduce the bacteria, lower levels of inflammation, and possibly prevent any infection from taking place.

Get the best Tongue Scraper at www.ScrapeYourTongue.com.




Scraping Vs. Brushing your tongue

Many people resort to brushing their tongues with their toothbrush. This is definitely better than doing nothing at all, but it's not nearly as effective or convenient as scraping your tongue with a tongue scraper. Here's why:


1) Gag Reflex
Unlike most porn stars, I have an awful gag reflex. I hate when too much stuff is in my mouth and I don't like sticking things too far back either. With a tongue scraper you can control how deep it goes because you are bending it back into your mouth. With a toothbrush it just looks and probably feels like you're sucking a cock - which is totally fine, but not at 7am on a Monday...






2) Spreading the Bacteria
When you brush your tongue you're basically just spreading the bacteria around your tongue. Some of it is raised up and is able to wash out when you rinse your mouth, but the majority of it just stays in the tongue.






3)
Physics
Your teeth are hard so they need a soft surface like the bristles on your toothbrush to clean them. Your tongue is soft and needs something hard like a plastic tongue scraper to move it's way down the tongue and pick up any bacteria that is chilling there.






Also, don't use the thing on the back of some tooth brushes. That literally does nothing and should not be the correlation to tongue scraping that you have in your mind. You can get a free tongue scraper at www.dollarfreshsquad.com





5 Steps To Curing Your Hangover


1) Take an Advil - At the very least it can be a placebo and at the very best it can actually help cure the pain of your hangover. Keep one of these by your bed or in your back pocket (in case of away games).


2) Scrape your Tongue - You probably drank a mixture of different alcohol and sweet chasers that left a ton of residue on your tongue. You also undoubtable ate some late night food that has planted itself on your tongue. Gotta get rid of all that evil but scraping your tongue with a tongue scraper.


3) Drink a bottle of water - Hydration is key. You want to drink so you can pee all of those toxins out of your body. Drink a bottle of water and don't hold in that pee because you're too lazy to make it to the bathroom.


4) Take a poop - Another form of cleansing your system of the naughty things you may have put into your body. Take a seat and scroll though Instagram for a little. Take some time to think about the decisions you made last night and how you'll improve in the future.


5) Take a shower - shine your shoes, you got no time to lose. No, but seriously take a nice hot shower and you should be back to about 93% if you follow these steps in this order.





Things To Eat and Avoid Eating Based On Your Tongue



Your tongue is the mirror to all the organs of the body, and thus, a daily look at the tongue prior to scraping gives you a clue to your general health. We all have different shape, sizes, colors, and coatings to our tongues. Listed below are a few of the common tongues out there and how you should be treating them in regards to your diet.


Thick, Pale, Scalloped Edges

A pale tongue that is swollen with scalloped edges indicates dampness within the body.
This tongue is often associated with symptoms like loose stools, bloating, fatigue, cold, and excess worry.

What to eat: If this is what your tongue looks like, you should emphasize warming foods and herbs (such as soup, lamb, beef, leeks, nuts, fresh ginger, rosemary, and cinnamon.)
You can also incorporate moderate amounts of wild and basmati rice, corn, buckwheat, rye, and amaranth to drain dampness from your system.
What to avoid:  Foods that enhance cold in the body.
These are foods that are eaten straight from the refrigerator, greasy/fried/creamy foods, crunchy foods, cucumbers, ice-cream, bananas, cold drinks, clams, crab, grapefruit, watermelon, radishes, green tea, sour food, and raw vegetables.


Thin, Red, Pointy, Dry

This tongue presentation is often associated with what we call “deficiency heat” in Chinese medicine.
Symptoms associated with this tongue often resemble  menopause, including hot-flashes, night-sweats, insomnia, ringing in the ears, and dry skin and lips.

What to eat: To nourish yourself, incorporate berries and seeds, naturally sweet foods (like honey, yams, and squash,) congee, spelt, quinoa, rice, sour foods, parsley, and sea vegetables.
What to avoid: If this is what your tongue looks like, and you’re experiencing similar symptoms, you’re going to want to avoid salty foods, as well as overly pungent or spicy foods, fried foods, sugar, and alcohol.


Red Tongue-Body, Yellow Greasy Coating

This kind of tongue indicates heat, and is associated with symptoms such as irritability, rashes or pimples, easy sweating, thirst, and dry constipation.

What to eat: Instead of foods that add heat to the body, incorporate more fish, steamed vegetables, salads, seaweed, millet, wild rice, and fruit into your diet.
Also, it might be wise to bitter foods and herbs like dandelion, burdock root, and lettuce to drain the heat in your system.
What to avoid: If this is what your tongue looks like you should avoid spicy, rich, and greasy foods, alcohol, sugar, and limit your meat consumption.


Quivery Tongue with a Red Tip

Both a quivery tongue as well as a red-tipped tongue are symptoms associated with stress, adrenal fatigue, depression, and insomnia.

What to do: If this is what your tongue looks like you need to take extra time to take care of yourself. It would be wise to begin some sort of practice into your before-bed-routine, such as qigong, gentle yoga, or meditation. You might also find herbal teas with passionflower, chamomile, lemon-balm, or California poppy to be beneficial.



Larry David's take on Tongue Scraping




Larry once said that the only thing he ultimately got out of his failed marriage was that Sheryl taught him about tongue scraping:


(Season 8 Episode 2) 


Larry also said. "The other thing was, I'm obsessed with oral hygiene. I floss constantly and she was really getting quite tired of it. I would floss in front of her and she'd be like, 'Don't floss in front of me anymore.' I was like, 'Oh, OK.' And I'm like, 'Tongue scraping, would that be OK?' Then we went out for dinner, she went to the bathroom and I tried to sneak a floss in. She caught me mid-floss. And that was it."

I have learned a surprising amount about Dental hygiene from Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. Tongue scraping is awesome. 

Head to ScrapeYourTongue where you can find the best tongue scraper on the market. Add this important step to your daily hygiene efforts and you won't regret it!

Why Everyone Should Consider Tongue Scraping (Huffington Post)


Claire McCormick, a Beauty & wellness enthusiast, book nerd, proud mama, and writer for the Huffington post. Wrote this piece on Tongue Scraping on July 28, 2016...

"There’s been a flurry of articles recently about the ancient Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling. Everyone from fashion blogs to CNN have been extolling the benefits oil pulling and recommending the best oil types with which to swish. Perhaps it is our newfound collective obsession with holistic living (of which organic oils are an integral part) that had oil pulling become so on-trend. Not that I’m knocking it — I’ve tried it and found it beneficial... albeit gross.

An Alternative to Oil Pulling
There is, however, another Ayurvedic practice that has not received the same love and attention that oil pulling has, but that has proven benefits to which I can personally attest. I’m writing this to set that record straight and shed some light on... tongue scraping.

Tongue Scraping? Sounds Painful...
It’s not. It is a quick, simple and extremely inexpensive practice (all you need is a $7 tongue cleaner!) that reaps many benefits. I call tongue scraping the “unsung hero of oral health.” I have been enthusiastically tongue scraping for years now, and I don’t see how anyone could try tongue scraping once, see the gunk you remove from your tongue, and not become an enthusiast as well. I therefore urge you to go out and start scraping today.

How About a Professional Opinion?
Kim Shamoun, a veteran registered dental hygienist and fellow tongue scraping zealot, says, “I can’t live without tongue scraping. Without a doubt, it should be a part of our daily oral hygiene regimen. I stress to my patients, friends, family and strangers alike how important it really is. A tongue scraper is the one thing I would want with me on a deserted island... forget the lipstick!”

Why Else Would I Do Something that Sounds Like Medieval Torture?
We all know about, and to some extent suffer from, morning breath. (Am I the only one that performs a huge eye roll when movie lovebirds play kissy face immediately upon waking? No one is doing that IRL. Get a grip, directors.)

Well it just so happens that tongue scraping is one of the best defenses against halitosis, period! And if you scrape regularly, especially before bed, your morning breath will be drastically reduced. Why? Think about it: It’s called “oral hygiene.” So you brush your teeth, you floss your gums, but that big plush carpet that sits on the bottom of your mouth gets ignored. Doesn’t make much sense, does it? Actually, the soft, spongy, bumpy texture of the tongue is the perfect little breeding ground for bacteria! What you scrape off your tongue is this bacteria along with various other toxins (ick). This bacteria is odor-causing, so the less bacteria, the less smell.

How Else Does a Dirty Mouth Affect Overall Health?
Taste. Housing our taste buds is the tongue’s best-known role. But when your tongue is coated in gunk, your taste buds have no chance to fully enjoy that wild mushroom risotto, molten chocolate cake or any other delicious morsel. And decreased taste actually leads to decreased...

Digestion. We all know that digestion begins in the mouth; saliva is filled with enzymes that start breaking down food. And, you know, there’s that chewing thing as well. The cleaner the mouth, the better you can taste your food (i.e., the more “mouth-watering” it is) the better your digestion is!

Plaque. The more soft plaque you have on your tongue, the more hard plaque will form on your teeth. This leads to — yup — bad breath, but also tooth decay! As an aside, every time I go for my biannual teeth cleaning, my dentist compliments me on my at-home oral care. She’s actually told me “There’s really no plaque here for me to clean.” Thank you, tongue scraping!

Overall health. According to the Mayo Clinic (just one of many sources on this subject), oral bacteria and poor oral hygiene are linked to several other diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even infertility. At less than a minute a day, tongue scraping is the ultimate ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure!

You Might Be Saying...
You may read this and say (perhaps a bit smugly), “I do clean my tongue, with my toothbrush!” Well, your heart’s in the right place, but you’ve got the wrong tool in your hand. “An ordinary toothbrush is not recommended; it does not remove the micro-organisms from the tongue properly” says Shamoun. Just as the malleable surface of your multi-bristled toothbrush is optimal for cleaning the hard surface of your teeth, you need a solid surface (like a stainless steel tongue scraper) to really clean the squishy surface of your tongue. A U-shaped tongue scraper is where it’s at. I really like super-stylish Amano metal tongue cleaners; Shamoun recommends Breath Rx.

A Tongue Scraping How-to Guide
As I said, it is quick and simple, though timing does matter. Ideally, you want to tongue scrape as soon upon waking as possible, before you’ve eaten anything, drank anything or brushed your teeth. Just open wide (you don’t want to hit your teeth with the scraper), stick your tongue out and, starting from the back, glide the scraper over your entire tongue. Rinse it after each scrape. Do this at least five times, and/or until your scrapes come up clean, meaning you’ve gotten all the gunk off! You may want to do it in the bathroom mirror over the sink at first, so you can make sure you are getting to the back of your tongue. Then, once you’re familiar with the feeling of that, you can do it sans mirror.

“The most posterior portion of the tongue collects the most buildup, so you really have to make sure you reach far back. The frequency should be a regular basis, morning and evening,” advises Shamoun."

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